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AVN8102 Applied Human Factors in Aviation

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Research has shown that human performance is often to blame for aircraft accidents. Whether it be errors made by pilots, by engineers, by air traffic controllers, or by others in the aviation system, the emphasis on improving human performance has been a focus of aviation for several decades. There are many safety critical elements within the aviation system, and each one is susceptible to breakdowns, simply because there are humans involved. Even with highly automated systems, such as in modern flight decks or in air traffic control centres, there are breakdowns caused by misinterpretation, incorrect data entry, or simple errors in automation management. Regardless of the discipline, there are now widespread regulatory requirements for safety-critical personnel to have human factors training, whether it be called crew resource management, non-technical skills, or some similar term.

This course will teach students entering the aviation industry in a managerial or supervisory capacity an in-depth knowledge of the human performance limitations which sometimes affect individual behaviour, and the ensuing risks to safety caused by such breakdowns. They will learn about possible vulnerabilities throughout the system, and not just in their specialty area and that there are systemic processes in place to mitigate for human performance failures across the aviation system. Having an in-depth understanding of human factors concepts across a broad range of disciplines will allow them to understand human factors implications and how they integrate factors across different elements of the aviation system.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 4 October 2023